Just a Few Thoughts


This is the time of year that no one has time or energy to do a whole lot other than trying to complete year-end work and shop for that “perfect” present for your loved ones. Doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to do much else, so here are a few thoughts on some of the current events.


The Republican’s have passed a revised tax bill through both houses of Congress. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not as some of the rumblings about the bills as they head toward reconciliation may not be a good thing for the American people. Various deductions have been removed and others increased, appears to be business friendly, Obamacare penalty is gone, but who knows what the final version will look like. A bit nervous with this one.

Of course, the Democrats are bitching and moaning about not being heard (they were, but they were making horse’s asses of themselves), that it will impact the middle class (as if they have really given a crap about the middle class except around election time), and that it was passed without Democrat support (just like Obamacare). While I think they may have some good points in the noise that they are generating, they have not participated in good faith, have not (to my knowledge) offered anything constructive, and the bigger point, would have passed a massive tax increase if they were in charge of Congress. While I don’t trust politicians in general, I definitely do not trust a politician with a “D” after their name.


Pause for thought – There are 535 Legislators in both houses of Congress that set laws and policies for this country. Thus far, the country’s bond rating has been downgraded and is trillions of dollars in debt. To keep the country going, money has to be borrowed and paid back with interest. All this shows is that the majority of lawyers and idealists that make up the political parties do not have this country’s best interest as part of their agenda, but desire to stay in power whatever the cost.


It’s probably been stated before, but I believe that both parties are against President Trump. He is a political outsider, and if he is able to push through his agenda, it will prove that the politicians for the past 50-plus years have been screwing the American people over.


This country does not have a tax problem. This country has a spending problem. How many times have we heard or read about a frivolous spending item that costs millions of dollars in tax dollars? There is very little accountability in the massive bureaucracy that is the government. But that appears to be changing a little.


The sex scandal that has rocked Hollywood has spilled over to the halls of Congress. Politicians have been found using a taxpayer funded hush fund to pay off their victims. This is reprehensible. Bad-behaving politicians have no personal stake in changing their behavior. The money doesn’t come out of their personal pocket, and the victims sign an agreement to not say anything about the incident. They have no reason to change, and no accountability for their actions.

It is fascinating to me that the majority of politicians caught up in this are Democrats. You know, the ones that alway state that they are “for women’s rights” and some other drivel? Where was the outrage that the Democrats are now showing when a known sexual predator by the name “Slick Willie” was in the White House, and the Democrats covered it up? These incidents keep me thinking that the Democratic Party is poison for this country.


Of course, we have to keep in mind that the Republicans are only marginally better than the Democrats. I’m wondering if they will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on the tax reform bill like they did with repealing Obamacare. If so, then they could very well lose control of Congress during the mid-terms.


That’s all for now. What do you think?

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Sutherland


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of the Sutherland shooting.


The blood hadn’t even cooled when the various politicians, celebrities, and “experts” started calling for more gun control, demonizing the NRA, attacked the victims for being in church, and generally getting everything wrong. In the days after the shooting, several embarrassing facts (at least for them) emerged.

The shooter was discharged from the military for bad behavior, assaulted and severely injured a child, and escaped from a mental hospital. By all accounts, he was not supposed to be able to own any firearms. However, such records were not reported by the military to the FBI (who run the background check service), and the shooter was able to purchase several firearms including an AR15. This is the government oversight that these elitists claim to be so wonderful in keeping everyone safe, but cannot abide by the laws and regulations that they are charged with following.

The shooter was stopped by another person with an AR15 who responded to the crisis. So a good guy with a gun, not the police, stopped the shooting and saving lives. This is not what was originally reported.

The person that stopped the shooter was a former NRA instructor. The media has taken great pains to omit this fact because this doesn’t fit the narrative that the NRA is the cause of the shooting by promoting gun rights. The NRA is for gun rights for the law-abiding citizen for self defense, not the wackos that go off the cliff and start shooting everyone in sight.

USA Today doubled-down on the stupidity by publishing a video that purported to show the configuration of the AR15 that the shooter used, and implied that an accessory – a chainsaw bayonet – was used. Obviously, someone has too much time on their hands to make stuff up, or has played one too many fantasy shooter games that has caused a break with reality. At the very least, this is sloppy reporting and promoting an agenda that real news organizations should not have as their business model. It’s no wonder that the media is losing market share & credibility, and is being labeled “Fake News”.

Gun grabbing Democrats introduced legislation that would have done absolutely nothing to prevent shootings like Sutherland, Los Vegas, and almost any other mass shooting (which occur with frightening frequency in gun-free zones). Legislation such as gun-free zones prohibit law-abiding people from carrying firearms, rendering them and the people around them defenseless. Criminals, on the other hand, have absolutely no problems in violating these laws. Paper, or prohibitive laws for that matter, are not an effective barriers to criminal intent or bullets. FYI – Politicians who write such laws are complicit in the murder of people in these zones.

The last time I checked, the Second Amendment is a civil right. Any lawmaker or person wishing to limit or disarm a law abiding person is seeking to deprive that person of their civil rights. This includes legislation from the 1934 gun control acts forward. While I agree that criminals should not have weapons, they will find a way to acquire them and prey upon the law abiding population. And it will become worse if the population is disarmed – Great Britain and Australia had increases in violent crime when firearms were essentially banned for the population.

There are somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 gun controls laws on the books, yet very few of them are enforced with any regularity. Often, illegal gun charges are plead down by prosecutors to clear the court calendars. Fact – Of the attempted 48,000 illegal gun buys by criminals during the Obama administration, only 44 were prosecuted. Obviously, there are enough laws on the books concerning illegal gun usage, there just isn’t any will to enforce them.

To drive the above points home, Chicago has a Sutherland body count every couple of weeks on the average. Gun free zones and restrictive laws are obviously doing a bang-up job of keeping crime off the streets – not.

Last, several “celebrities” have mocked the victims and their families for being in church and praying, making statements that God and prayers didn’t protect them. Of course, these are the same hypocritical people that preach tolerance and compassion for everyone (probably only for other people that think like them). I’m crossing these intolerant bastards off my list of any movies or shows that I would watch.

In closing…

The media is biased beyond belief, either willingly publishing false information or being willfully ignorant of the basic facts about firearms or even the rights of American citizens. The politicians are just as bad if not worse as they are in positions of power, and they too are either willfully ignorant, or willfully malicious in promoting an agenda that puts their constituency at risk but keeps them in power. Last are the “celebrities” who have lost so much credibility in the past few weeks – they have absolutely no moral standing to lecture any of us on what is right or wrong.

I don’t know about you, but these elitists that are calling for us to be like Europe or Australia and banning guns have no problems with you or I bleeding out on the ground as long as you and I are disarmed. They will have their way, be in power, and have armed guards protecting them. We, the little people (or normals as Kurt Schlichter calls us) don’t count as we are merely a means to an end, and robbed of the means to defend ourselves from the criminals or from the tyranny that the elitists would like to have.

Which is precisely why the Founders included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

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This nation is so UPSIDE DOWN NOW!


It seems that since Obama, we have been fighting a war that we are definitely going to lose. Mainly because we are fighting it on their terms. And their terms mean ‘we lose’ and there is no way for us to win, unless we do what they think we won’t. And that is fight this war on our terms.

This means, to stop pussy-footing around, and start putting fire where they don’t want it. They have groups like Antifa, and Black Lives Matter, who no matter what will break the law to get what they want, and we have been letting them. The police are standing down, because the fear is put out there that if there is any resistance by the police then that will cause anger. So the police stand down. UH NO. That is not the way to do it.

When Antifa or BLM start looting, or damaging property, arrest them and hit them where it will hurt them the most. Fine them and throw the perpetrators in jail. That is what would happen to us if we did the same thing.

This nation is so Upside Down Now! . We are so afraid of hurting some ‘snowflakes’ feelings if we do the right thing, that we give them little dainty things leaway that no one else would get. They “demonstrate” on campus’s and we let them. No matter that their so called demonstrations are nothing more than violent insurrections that need to be put down, and put down hard, they are allowed to continue.

No freaking wonder we have madmen in this country who will do what the one *or more* did in Las Vegas. No consequences, no deterrents. That is what is going on today.

The Consequences to actions, which kept most all in line in the past are gone. Now we have a bunch of babies in our campus’s that have never been punished for things they did wrong when growing up, and now? They are thugs and hoodlums who think that they can get away with anything, because they have always gotten away with anything. No discipline, no morality. You don’t discipline children when they are wrong, and they will grow up to be snowflakes. Hoodlums. Criminals, who will not be seen as these things because the left and their all knowing all seeing ways say that they are really good kids who are misunderstood.

UH, no. They are the same thing that we would be called if we did the same things. Criminals and hoodlums and thugs. Give them morals and they might see that suddenly, this country isn’t so bad. This country is the best in the world, and they are nothing more than the problem. PERIOD.

God Bless America
God Bless our Troops and
WE WILL NOT BE RULED!

-Robert-

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Perhaps That Explains It


Over the past couple of weeks, the Harvey Weinstein scandal has been the topic of so many articles and posts it’s almost mind-boggling. People are reading these articles to find out which of their favorite starlets degraded themselves to this person. Others read it in morbid fascination, wondering how the “casting couch” of the past is still in use in this modern, “enlightened” day of where feminism and the self-proclaimed Hollywood equality supposedly banned such behavior.

I, on the other hand, have another take on this episode of “Hollywood Depravity,” although it requires that I put on the armchair psychologist hat.

It is no secret in Hollywood that Weinstein was a predator. Comedians made references in their routines, and even during an awards ceremony a statement was made that the nominees “didn’t have to pretend that Harvey was attractive.” This behavior was known for decades, and yet no one said or reported anything to the police.

Why, you may ask? The answer is rather simple: Harvey Weinstein could make or break a career. So it all came down to play along and be successful (and potentially earn tons of money & fame), or find another career. It appears that at this point in time, 50+ starlets were accosted by Weinstein and kept quiet about it, and a good number of male stars & producers as well.

With this in mind, it isn’t too much of a stretch for many of these starlets to develop a negative attitude about men, especially powerful men. Consider the following:

Many of these women did not have anyone or anything to depend upon. By this time, they have bought into the independent female ideology of the feminist movement, and had no one to protect them or turn to. They also had a dream to be a star, and nothing else to fall back on except a menial job. This was the “make or break” moment of their lives. They became bitter.

Many of these women became supporters of Hillary Clinton (aka the Hildebeast, aka Felonia von Pantsuit) because they saw in her a strong woman who could stand toe-to-toe with the strong men of the world. When she lost to a powerful man who was caught on tape making a not-so-polite comment, they lost their collective minds – their projection was that a woman was stomped down by a crude misogynist.

So then they donned their pink p***y hats, stood up & made speeches, and generally went on a rampage against the President. It didn’t matter that the person that they should have been ranting against was the person that abused them. They were projecting their rage against someone who couldn’t hurt them.

During all this time, they were talking about being “brave” for speaking out against the President, calling him a misogynist and worse. They were being cowards – being brave is standing up for something and be willing to lose something for that action. Obviously, they weren’t willing to do that until someone else decided enough was enough, and then they became “brave” enough to pile on…when they felt safe enough that they didn’t have anything to fear or lose.

And what about the men in Hollywood? I’ve read a couple of articles of where the men knew what was going on, but declined to do anything about it. More “brave” people who only came out from the shadows when it was safe to do so without being squashed.

Here’s my bottom line:

The Hollywood elite have been standing up on their pedestals preaching about how they know best for us “normals” (a term used by Kurt Schlichter at Townhall.com to describe the people with common sense) on subjects ranging from morality to tolerance to global warming/climate change to firearms to victimhood of various types. After all, they are the stars and know better than anyone else because, well, they’re stars…

I’m calling a bulls**t penalty on Hollywood. They’re only stars because we like how they pretend to be other people. Otherwise, our “friends” in Tinseltown have lost all credibility with me (they didn’t have much before). For all their talk, they know nothing & have nothing but hypocrisy and bovine fertilizer.

Much like many politicians we happen to know, but that’s a post for another time…

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May Thy Blade Chip and Shatter


The title of this post is from the 1984 movie “Dune,” and is what came to mind after reading the below.   This came from my wife’s Facebook feed, and while it is a long read, expresses the culture war we find ourselves in, and what President Trump is fighting. 

DO NOT KNOW WHO WROTE THIS. But, I agree with every word…

Trump’s lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

Here’s my answer:
We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?

We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party. I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks. I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent. Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today. The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war.

While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety. With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming. Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today. Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking, son-of-a-bitch. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”

That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis. It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN. He made it personal.

Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.” … Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. … They need to respond. This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery.

The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve.

It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive. Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church. Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do. These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years. So, say anything you want about this president – I get it – he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

I wish nothing but the worst for the idealogy of our liberal leftest friends.  May they find their weapons turned against them, and thus the curse:

“May thy blade chip and shatter.”

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Here We Are Again


We at Wise Conservatism and Tom’s Place grieve at the loss of life inflicted upon the concertgoers by a madman.  Our prayers and sympathies go to all those affected by this tragedy.


Last Sunday night, a deranged person meticulously planned and carried out the worst mass shooting this country has ever seen.  The knee-jerk reactions are two-fold…

The first is “Why?”  To be honest, I doubt that we will ever know the full extent of why this person spent countless hours planning and thousands of dollars to rain terror upon innocent people.  As of the time of this post, little is known as this person left no note or trails to follow.  To the best of our knowledge, he was not prohibited from owning weapons, nor was he under psychiatric care.  He was a virtual unknown and not on any radar.  After a week of investigation, no one appears to be any closer to an answer.  Perhaps that is just as well as we do not need any other person to be influenced into copying this person’s despicable actions.

The second is the predictable “We need to ban guns and other gun stuff” mantra of those people who look for any reason at all to deny a person’s civil rights because of the actions of a criminal or madman.  I see this from the politicians and their surrogates who believe it is the government’s responsibility to keep the people safe.  First among the Liberal politicians was Felonia “What Difference Does It Make” von Pantsuit tweeting out that this isn’t the time to be political about guns and then proceeds to make it political.  Others followed suit while the bodies were still warm and the blood was still wet.

These people then proceed to denigrate legal gun owners and the NRA making statements like the gun lobby controls politics, gun owners should be jailed (or worse).  The truth of the matter is that the gun lobby spends far, far less on political contributions than Planned Parenthood, big business (like pharmaceutical companies), and other special interest groups.  Legal gun owners, especially those with concealed weapon permits, are not typically those that commit crimes

People that distort the facts and use tragedies like Las Vegas for political gain or power, in my opinion, are the lowest of the low, and have absolutely no moral compass or conscious.

The focus upon the weapons used are those that had a “bump stock” installed on them.  For those living under a rock, a bump stock is an accessory to a firearm that allows the user to use the recoil of the firearm to rapidly discharge the firearm, mimicking an automatic weapon.  It bears to note that under the Obama administration, a rabidly anti-gun administration, approved this device after not one, but two reviews.

The call for banning or regulating bump stocks is increasing.  The NRA (full disclosure: I am a Life Member) is calling for…

“…the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”

Other organizations such as Gun Owners of America are against any additional regulations against devices like bump stocks citing the increasing slippery slope of increasing, onerous regulations eventually leading to banning firearms.  I, for one, am torn between the increased regulations upon legal gun owners, and the horror of another maniac acquiring this device and emulating the Las Vegas madman.

Let’s be very clear about something – criminals do not obey laws.  Madmen do not obey laws.  These people have made the decision to cause harm to others in order to fulfill some need.  Consider this statement by the NRA:

“Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks.”

Banning firearms will not cause a criminal from using an illegal or stolen firearm in a crime.  That has been established time and time again.  Consider this fact that doesn’t make it into the media or cited by gun-control/gun-banning fanatics:

Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States.  One would think that a gunless Utopia has been created, but that is far from reality.  Here’s reality:

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Guns are still being used by criminals to kill and maim in the so-called gun free city called Chicago.  And this is while the citizenry has been essentially disarmed and are at the mercy of the criminals.

My question to the gun banners is this:  If heavily regulating or banning guns is the answer, then why aren’t places like Chicago gun violence free?

The Washington Post published an article that was originally researched at the data journalism site FiveThirtyEight.  The author, who states that she was originally for widespread gun control, came to a conclusion that she was not expecting.  The title of the article says it all for me – “I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.”  Some of the bullet points are:

  • Two-thirds of gun deaths in the United States every year are suicides. Almost no proposed restriction would make it meaningfully harder for people with guns on hand to use them.
  • However, the next-largest set of gun deaths — 1 in 5 — were young men aged 15 to 34, killed in homicides. These men were most likely to die at the hands of other young men, often related to gang loyalties or other street violence.
  • And the last notable group of similar deaths was the 1,700 women murdered per year, usually as the result of domestic violence.

Therefore, suicides and gang violence account for the majority of the gun deaths in this country, not the mass shootings that capture the media’s lust for ratings points and the politicians quest for more power.  The real issues are mental health and law enforcement, not whether a gun is “good” or “evil” – that is how a gun, an inanimate object, is used.

With HIPA laws on the books guaranteeing patient confidentiality, and the extreme danger to law enforcement to disarm violent criminals, the politicians focus on the one group that they can exert their will – the law abiding gun owner.  They know that the law-abiding will obey the law, although they are starting to find out that the law-abiding have just about enough of the law-makers idiocy.

Every firearm regulation is an infringement upon the law-abiding citizen of this country.  They do absolutely nothing to deter the criminal from his activities.  If anyone thinks otherwise, let me remind you of something:

  • Murder is against the law, be it with a gun, a knife, a hammer, or bare hands.
  • Theft is against the law.
  • Assault and battery is against the law.

If everyone obeyed the laws, then there would be absolutely no crime.  None.  Columbine, Newtown, Ft. Hood, Las Vegas, and all the others would never have happened.  And we wouldn’t have to worry about someone coming into the house to attack, rob, or kill.

Quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of the gun banners and politicians harping about how guns are a plague upon this country, and that the killing must stop.  They quickly forget that law abiding people use guns to hunt and for self-defense from the same predators that would use guns to harm them.  And by the way, they also forget that the right to bear arms is as much a civil right as there is a right to free speech.

However, if these same people are really concerned about human life, then they should concentrate their efforts on the thousands of abortions performed each year upon helpless, innocent children.  That death toll is far, far greater than what any criminal or madman could inflict.

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